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Lance Benzel

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  • Enthusiasm, knowledge help Black Forest teen earn birder of the year honor

    Updated: Mon, May 5, 2014

    After the devastation of the Black Forest fire, 15-year-old Alec Wyatt learned firsthand about the resiliency of birds. Taking it upon himself to check on nest boxes affixed to charred trees, the Black Forest resident and teenage bird enthusiast was astonished to find dozens of eggs...

  • Group creates new landscape for tiny Woodland Park church in just one day

    Updated: Mon, Apr 28, 2014

    ot long after reopening a tiny Woodland Park church in 2012, recently ordained minister Ken Hellmer saw it was time to alter his battle plan. An Iraq War veteran coming off a 22-year stint in the Air Force, the retired master sergeant found himself presiding over a physical plant in...

  • Healthy rafting season expected for Arkansas River after a snow-filled winter

    Updated: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    The snow that pounded Colorado's high country all winter - delighting skiers with an extended season - looks poised to bring thrills to the state's whitewater enthusiasts. Not to mention the businesses that put them in the water. While southwestern Colorado is lagging when it comes...

  • Earth Day: Events Tuesday in the Colorado Springs area

    Updated: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Here's a look at Earth Day events in the Colorado Springs area: • Life is Green - Earth Day presentation, Colorado Springs Local filmmaker Dave Gardner leads an Earth Day talk exploring connections between sustainability and a meaningful life. 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Tim Gill Center...

  • Legacy of the Ludlow Massacre lives on

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    On a windswept prairie near Trinidad, nestled in a grove of trees, a little-seen roadside memorial still preserves a place remembered as the "death pit." It's where two women and 11 children suffered fiery deaths during a Colorado National Guard raid on a camp of striking coal miners...

  • Iconic Colorado Springs park tops for thieves

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Garden of the Gods is No. 1 — but don't start cheering yet. Turns out that the iconic Colorado Springs park that draws nearly 2 million visitors a year is also a favorite of thieves, police figures show. During the first three months of 2014, thieves broke into parked vehicles at...

  • Colorado conservationists hail 50 years of protections under the Wilderness Act

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    What started as a vision for keeping America's wildest places "untrammeled by man" has reached a milestone. The Wilderness Act turns 50 this year, and Colorado conservationists are celebrating with activities meant to highlight its landmark protections, which have been extended to...

  • Popular Colorado Springs trail will remain shut down until next year

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Eager to resume your hikes on Palmer Trail in the city's western foothills? Look elsewhere until spring of 2015. That's the word from Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, which estimates it will take up to a year to fully reopen the 6-mile Palmer Trail/Section...

  • Colorado Springs-area parks receive grants to repair damage

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    El Paso County parks will receive nearly $300,000 in Great Outdoors Colorado grants to repair damage to two popular recreational areas caused by last year's flooding. Most of that sum - $200,000 - will go toward repairing 5.7 miles of trail, a pedestrian bridge and 3.7 acres of land...

  • No new trial for Colorado Springs man convicted of arson deaths of his 3 children

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    A judge Wednesday shot down a request for a new trial by Timothy Nicholls, a Colorado Springs man convicted along with his wife in a 2003 arson plot that resulted in the burning deaths of their three children. Fourth Judicial District Judge G. David Miller rejected arguments that...

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